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Every year the hottest college ball players in the country descent upon Cape Cod to pursue their big-league dreams during the day and blow off steam in town at night. Ryan is the first local boy in years to earn a slot in the Cape's elite Baseball League, hes finally got his shot...but the temptation to score off the field is almost as intense as the pressure to win on the diamond.
PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild to strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Some semi-nudity. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol consumption. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some physical comedy, toilet humor, sexual innuendo.
Below Average "This
lightweight, poor boy-rich girl romance seems aimed squarely at adolescent
girls, except that baseball plays a pivotal role in the story and, as a group,
adolescent girls are notoriously uninterested in baseball. In addition, the
series of earnest bromides the film delivers — believe in yourself, stick by
your friends, allow yourself to succeed — is enough to turn off any teenager
worth his or her salt.''
Below Average "A
passed ball, a booted grounder, a balk with bases loaded....There aren't enough
metaphors of lousy baseball play to adequately describe this lackluster summer
romance about a rich girl (Jessica Biel) who falls for a working- class
big-league prospect (Freddie Prinze Jr.)."
Below Average "Summer
Catch is as predictable as the Yankees making it into the playoffs. Think Major
League: Back to the Minors meets American Pie 2. And Catch
isn't even a sequel. This formulaic baseball movie is long on clichéd plotting
and short on exciting ball playing. In between are a variety of timeworn,
testosterone-fueled high jinks.''
Below Average "In
baseball slang, a "can of corn" is a high, lazy fly ball to the
outfield. The baseball movie "Summer Catch" is the cinematic
equivalent of that can of corn -- a movie going nowhere and filled with far too
much corn in an era when teens flock to "American Pie 2."
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
DON'T BELIEVE THE CRITICS!! SEE "SUMMER CATCH!" Nearly every moviegoer enjoyed "Summer Catch." Most of the ladies gave it reviews of "Excellent" and "Fantastic." The guys rated it nearly as high as the ladies, so guys, THIS IS NOT A CHICK FLICK!
This summer couldn't be more crucial for Ryan Dunne (Freddie Prinze Jr.), a
blue-collar kid with major league aspirations. Every year the hottest college
ball players in the country descent upon Cape Cod to pursue their big-league
dreams during the day and blow off steam in town at night. The first local boy
in years to earn a slot in the Cape's elite Baseball League, Ryan's finally got
his shot...but the temptation to score off the field is almost as intense as the
pressure to win on the diamond.
His eyes on the prize, Ryan tries to stay focused despite distractions like
the local girls, who are all too ready to help the players cut loose. Among them
are Dede (Brittany Murphy), who impresses the team with her ability to pour a
beer without using her hands, and the town's very own "Mrs. Robinsons,"
who is infamous for her annual "initiation" of new recruits like naive
young second-baseman Mickey "Domo" Dominguez (Wilmer Valderrama).
As the friction builds between his loyal townie friends and his cocky
teammates - college superstars jockeying for the attention of pro scouts -
Ryan's rivalry with hot-shot teammate Eric Van Leemer (Corey Pearson) nears the
boiling point. His only ally is the team's fun-loving catcher, Billy Brubaker
(Matthew Lillard), who's got Ryan's back - both on the filed and on the town.
The last thing Ryan's looking for is a fling with sexy, sophisticaed Vassar
grad Tenley Parrish (Jessica Biel). Will he rise to the challenge or strike out?
Either way, it's gonna be one hot summer...